20 Latin American countries agree to strengthen cooperation with Interpol to fight organized crime

first_img I NEED YOU TO SEND ME LOTS OF NEWS REGARDING THE PEACE PROCESS WITH THE HAVANA ISSUE FROM EL TIEMPO, EL ESPECTADOR, QHUBO AND EL NUEVO DIA. THANK YOU I would like to know what the project consists of, which countries are participating and who is sponsoring the project Panamanian authorities and Interpol are strengthening cooperation in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking. The Panamanian government has agreed to expedite revisions to the protocols of Panama’s National Police to allow the police to respond quickly to crime scenes. The revised protocols and improved cooperation between Panamanian security forces and Interpol, the international police agency, will help authorities fight international organized crime groups, according to Public Security Minister Rodolfo Aguilera. “Transnational organized crime is a cross-border and multi-jurisdictional issue,” Aguilera said. Aguilera made his remarks on July 24 at Interpol’s Operation Lionfish 2 meeting held in Panama City, according to a statement from the Ministry of Security. Representatives of 20 Latin American countries attended the conference. Panamanian security forces would coordinate crime prevention efforts and streamline the protocols the National Police must follow as part of the security strategy to fight organized crime, Aguilera said. Quick response and crime prevention The government is decentralizing decision making power to give mid-level authorities more power to make tactical decisions to respond quickly to crimes committed by transnational criminal organizations. Authorities are also emphasizing crime prevention programs, which are primarily tailored to gang members and teenagers and young adults who are considered to be at risk of joining gangs. These programs include social assistance, education, counseling, and occupational training. Authorities are providing these programs with the goal of helping gang members redirect their lives. The programs could also help young people who are at risk of delinquency make the right choices, according to Paul Chávez, security analyst at Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. There are about 200 gangs in Panama, which have about 4,500 members, according to Panamanian officials. “These initiatives will be beneficial,” Chávez said. “Authorities seek initiatives that have a positive impact on the region.” There is a global trend among security forces to decentralize authority to give mid-level officials more power to respond quickly to criminal threats, Chávez said. Reintegrating gang members into civil society In July, about 1,100 teenagers and young adults – many of them gang members – joined the prevention aspect of the president’s anti-crime program. The prevention part is called “Secure Neighborhoods with More Opportunities and Strong Leadership.” The president spoke of the strong start to the prevention program on Aug. 6, during an event in which authorities destroyed hundreds of firearms which had been surrendered to police by gang members and at-risk youth, according to a press release from the Presidency of Panama. The gang members and young people handed over their weapons to authorities in July. Authorities announced a truce with gangs that month, asking gang members and at-risk young people to turn in their firearms. Authorities also helped gang members who wanted leave their gang and be reintroduced to civil society. Authorities are providing job training to gang members who wish to leave behind the criminal lifestyle and become productive members of society. Transnational criminal operatives in Panama Since January 2012, Interpol agents in Panama have captured more than 20 suspects who were wanted on international warrants for crimes such as drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud, and sexual exploitation. In January, 2012, Panama Interpol captured 19 alleged drug traffickers, according to Telemetro. Panama Interpol agents captured most of those suspects at Tocumen International Airport. In May 2014, Panama Interpol agents and immigration officials at Tocumen International Airport arrested two people accused of drug trafficking and fraud, respectively. That month, Panama Interpol agents also arrested a 29-year-old man from Colombia who wanted to go to Costa Rica. The suspect accused of drug trafficking is wanted by the French justice system. Authorities did not release the suspect’s name for security reasons, El Nuevo Diario reported on May 8. Cracking down on crime at the airport Panamanian authorities are taking strong steps to fight crimes committed at Tocumen International Airport. On July 23, the Public Prosecutor’s Office created a specialized unit for the investigation, prevention and punishment of crimes committed at the airport, according to La Prensa. The unit will operate in cooperation with the National Directorate for Aviation Security and will work in cooperation with drug prosecutors, organized crime prosecutors, and the Deputy Attorney General’s Office. The unit was formed as part of an agreement between the Airport Communication Project, the United Nations (UN), and Panamanian security forces. The unit is designed to help security forces in their battle against drug traffickers, authorities said. Drug traffickers in recent years have increased their operations in Panama, a country of more than 3.4 million people, Chávez said. Drug traffickers store large amounts of drugs from South American in Panama. Organized crime operatives then transport the drugs to Mexico, the United States, and Europe. By Dialogo September 17, 2014center_img A regional approach Drug traffickers may have increased their operations at the airport because Panamanian security forces in recent years have strengthened security along the country’s borders. Several transnational and regional drug trafficking organizations operate in Panama, including the Sinaloa Cartel, the Juárez Cartel, Los Zetas, the Beltrán Leyva Organization (BLO), which are all Mexican transnational criminal organizations, according to authorities and insightcrime.org. The Clan Úsuga, a drug trafficking group based in Colombia, also operates in Panama. Panama and the other Interpol member-countries are using a regional approach to fight organized crime, Chávez said. Such an approach requires international cooperation, which Panama’s president is prepared to engage in. President Varela “has a good perspective on how to work out these issues,” Chávez said. Cooperation among different law enforcement agencies is an important component of the fight against organized crime, according to Omar Pinzón, Panama’s National Police director. “Common and effective strategies that incorporate the strengths of each agency and institution need to be conceptualized in order for all to benefit with security,” Pinzón said. He made these remarks as he participated in Interpol’s Operation Lionfish 2 meeting, according to a press release from the National Police issued on July 24. Operation Lionfish aims to develop the best ways to fight transnational criminal organizations, seize drugs and weapons in territorial waters and in border areas, and to improve security in the participating countries. The conference was held at a hotel in Panama City on July 24 and 25. Security officials from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe participated in the meeting. Among the 20 Latin American countries which sent representatives to the conference were Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, and Honduras. last_img read more

Skelos Corruption Trial: Wiretaps Reveal Senators & Son Ripping Cuomo, Environmentalists

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A New York State lawmaker suggested that he might have voted differently on a bill if he knew that the family of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) allegedly profited from legislation Skelos helped pass.The lawmaker, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), made the remarks as one of four witnesses to take the stand Wednesday in the second day of the corruption trial against Skelos and his son, Adam, at federal court in Manhattan, where testimony was peppered with spicy recordings of wiretapped phone conversations of the senator talking to his son and others.“It would have indicated that undue influence was given to an issue of legislation based on personal interest,” Avella testified, adding that he also would have aired such information publicly on the Senate floor and to the press as well as called for an investigation. Defense attorneys objected to this line of questioning because it required Avella to give his opinion on allegations that prosecutors are still trying to prove in court, but U.S. District Court Judge Kimba Wood allowed it.Both the senator, 67, and his son, 33, deny the federal prosecutor’s accusations that they extorted $300,000 in bribes from three companies in payments that took the form of “no-show” jobs that Adam was unqualified for in exchange for their illegally manipulating legislation.G. Robert Gage Jr., the senator’s defense attorney, and Christopher Conniff, who represents Adam, sought to poke holes in Avella’s credibility.Gage noted that Avella, a public critic of the real estate industry, accepted campaign donations from realty groups and developers. Gage noted that when reporters questioned Avella about the contradiction, the Queens politician was quoted as saying that “the contributions have absolutely no impact on legislation.” In court, Avella, the former state Senate ethics committee chair, told Gage: “When it comes to me, they don’t.”Avella was the third witness to take the stand. The first was Chris Curcio, a Floral Park resident and Adam’s former boss at Physicians Reciprocal Insurance (PRI), a medical malpractice insurance firm whose owner had been asked by Sen. Skelos to give Adam a $78,000-per-year job as a favor beginning in 2013. Curcio testified that shortly after he met Adam, he started keeping a handwritten log for the first four months of Adam’s employment to detail when Adam did and did not show up. The majority of the dates were marked “no show,” yet Adam submitted time sheets indicating that he consistently worked 35-hour weeks.When Curcio questioned Adam about his failure to show up for work, Curcio testified that Adam told him that there was a “special arrangement” between his senator dad and Anthony Bonomo, a longtime friend of the Skeloses, which allowed him to work only two days a week. Curcio also testified that in order to sell medical malpractice insurance, Adam was required to take a 99-hour class and a state licensing exam. Curcio testified that Adam completed the class but failed the exam at least twice, and never got his license.“Adam and I had a blow-out on the phone one day,” Curcio testified, referring to his repeated attempts to force him to show up to work. Curcio said that after he told Adam it wasn’t working out, Adam told him: “If you talk to me like that again, I’ll smash your fucking head in.”Read: Skelos Wiretaps Reveal Greed, F-BombsAfter Curcio told Carl Bonomo, his boss and uncle, about the situation with Adam, the senator’s son was made a telemarketing “consultant” at a reduced salary of $36,000. He was required to call 100 doctors a week in order to try and drum up business for PRI. Prosecutors presented emails in court indicating that Adam only called three doctors per week, and none of his efforts ever led to a solid sales lead.On cross examination, Gage asked if Curcio knew if the senator was supposed to help PRI get legislation passed that would benefit the company in exchange for hiring Adam. Curcio said that he did not and didn’t ask his bosses why they hired him.Conniff questioned Curcio on the accuracy of his log and how Curcio himself got his job at PRI. He testified that Curcio’s mother had asked his uncle to land him a job supervising the sales staff despite his own lack of experience in the field.Tatiana Martins, one of the prosecutors trying the case, followed up and asked Curcio: “Is your mother an elected official?”Curcio replied: “No.”Martins asked: “Is she the senate majority leader?”Curcio replied: “No.”Martins asked: “Does she control legislation that effects PRI?”Curcio replied: “No.”The second witness to take the stand was Vanessa Tibbits, one of the FBI agents who monitored the Skelos wiretaps. She explained the process of getting approvals to “go up on a wire” as well as the strict protocols that include the listening room being locked and only accessible to the public corruption squad due to the sensitivity of investigations like this. She testified before the first Skelos wiretaps were played in open federal court.In one conversation, the elder Skelos was heard speaking with state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) about making a joint statement announcing their intention to focus on water issues on Long Island. They discussed how they didn’t want to fund water-quality improvement projects supported by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, but instead they wanted to do their own water projects. Skelos liked the idea of appeasing “the environmental nuts.”In another call, Adam whined to his father about Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s banning fracking. That’s because AbTech, the storm-water filtration firm the men are accused of coercing fees from, also makes fracking waste-water filters.“Arghhhh, this day sucks!” Adam is heard telling his dad in the wiretap.“It does,” his dad replies, “but we’re totally gonna focus on the other thing now.”Adam then urged his father to run for governor and unseat Cuomo.“I would be so proud if you would just kick his ass,” Adam said.The Republican state senator had choice words for the Democratic governor.“No more buddy-buddy,” Skelos said. “He’s full of shit.”last_img read more

Credit unions can learn from Apple Watch’s onboarding

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Personalized training could really pay off.by: Tim McAlpineApple did a fantastic job making sure that my experience with the Apple Watch was amazing. From the online shopping, order tracking, unboxing to initial setup, every detail was easy and thoughtful. A couple days before the watch arrived, I received this email message from Apple:         Dear Tim, Your Apple Watch will be in your hands shortly. Once it is, we can help you get started right in the comfort of your own home with online Personal Setup. It’s a video session where we show you how to set up Apple Watch with your iPhone, walk you through some key features, and answer your questions. We’ll also point out some great apps, and help you personalize your device.I took Apple up on the offer. I signed up online and I immediately received a personalized message from my Apple Watch specialist, Taylor. The message included instructions about the session and finished with a smiling photo of Taylor in his email signature. The next day I logged into the training session on my computer and was greeted with live video of an Apple Watch on a desk being controlled by Taylor’s fingers. After chatting for a minute, Taylor knew my knowledge level and calibrated my training session accordingly. continue reading »last_img read more

3 signs that you need to pay attention to cryptocurrency

first_imgRecently I’ve written about how credit unions are woefully behind the times, both in terms of the technology they possess and the policies they build around that technology. For example, my new credit union – one of the biggies in town – has a $500 daily ATM limit. Need $600 on a Sunday? Tough titty. While I was standing in line the other day waiting to withdraw $800 from my checking account – which I could’ve done at a drive-through ATM at Gigantor Bank – I realized why this branch always seems to be brimming with activity. It’s because my credit union forces members into the branch due to their second-rate technology and 1997 policies regarding that technology.I’ve also recently written about how credit unions that ignore the cryptocurrency revolution will be crushed by it like a tsunami. Three announcements that I saw earlier this week really drove this point home.First, the Litecoin Foundation announced that it is working with two other companies to develop a Litecoin debit card. It’ll be a debit card just like any other, except for Litecoin. Stopping at 7-11 to buy a Milky Way? Pay with Litecoin. Did you finally find that mint, sealed copy of The Traveling Wilburys Volume I online? Pay with Litecoin. Soon credit unions will be battling Gigantor Bank and cryptocurrencies for coveted wallet share.Next, a Berlin-based banking startup called Bitwala announced that it had partnered with solarisBank to create a hybrid account that lets consumers manage bitcoin and Euro through a single, unified mobile app. Makes sense. After all, consumers don’t care whether they’re spending bitcoin or dollars. They just know they’re spending money and they want to be able to spend it all the same way.Finally, on this side of the pond, my friends at DaLand CUSO announced the Coin2Core Extended Ecosystem Wallet™ (C2C). Similar at least in spirit to the Bitwala product, C2C lets credit unions become the custodians of their members’ cryptoassets. What’s more, C2C lets credit unions do that by leveraging the capabilities of their existing core processing platforms.When I first heard about C2C, I thought, holy crap, this is gonna be HUGE! Then I remembered how my credit union can’t even get ATM limits right and my excitement fizzled a little.We can all think of companies that failed to adapt to the digitization of their industries and thus failed, period. Kodak and Toys R Us come to mind. I’m sure the same will hold true for credit unions. Coin2Core and technologies like it will be huge – for credit unions smart to read the writing on the wall. For the others, well, it’s been nice knowing you. 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John San Filippo John is the co-founder of OmniChannel Communications, Inc., a company that specializes in B2B marketing to community financial institutions. He started out in the savings and loan industry, but wisely … Web: www.omnichannelcommunications.com Detailslast_img read more

Croatia and Slovenia have started the implementation of the project “Culture has no borders” with the aim of connecting cultural heritage

first_imgIn each of these variants the emphasis will be on uncool points that will offer a mix of cultural heritage and storytelling experiences, local culinary experience, art, urban leisure space and contact with residents. In addition, a tourist information center will be set up in Jastrebarsko as an information center for visitors and a pavilion in the Erdödy park intended for social events, and in Črnomelj the floor area of ​​one of the oldest parts of the city center will be renovated. These two places will be connected through a mobile application for guiding visitors and a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion of other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border. Special sightseeing scenarios with plans for the interpretation of individual sightseeing points will be adapted for people with physical disabilities. In Črnomelj, ten localities will be included in the culture project: steam locomotive, Sokolski dom, monument to the First World War, monument to the National Liberation War, Črnomalj town – treasury, church of Sv. Peter, the birth house of Miran Jarc, the city museum collection of Črnomelj, the church of Sv. Spirit and late antique walls, the Črnomelj triple bridge and the museum collection of the Kanižarica brown coal mine. In addition to raising awareness of the recognition of cultural heritage, its preservation and activation for tourism purposes, this project aims to involve local museums, associations and citizens through collecting stories, photographs and other elements that will increase understanding and knowledge of intangible heritage, as well as local bidder. In addition, cultural heritage in smaller areas such as Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is one of the potentials that can attract visitors and thus influence the further development of the tourist offer through the survival of small providers in the field of gastronomy, crafts, accommodation and other services.  The culture project is conceived as uncool a tour tailored to the needs of visitors who will be introduced to the cultural heritage, local offer and enable live and virtual encounters with historical figures on the streets, squares and parks of Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The added value is the fact that this is an example of good practice and a development model applicable to other small historic towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border.    “I am glad that the Municipality of Črnomelj, in cooperation with the city of Jastrebarsko and partners, is developing a project that will be an example to other small towns along the border how to create foundations for sustainable tourism development through the promotion of cultural heritage. KulTuri aims to present the history of small towns, connect the local offer, walk and experience and enable live encounters with historical figures, all of which will be supported through a cross-border digital card for further expansion and promotion.”, Said Stefan Misja, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Crnomelj. The acronym of the project is “culture”, and the goal is to present the cultural heritage through a specially designed tourist tour to visit the famous cultural attractions in the area of ​​Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj. The tourist product conceived in this way will connect the cultural heritage and the local offer and create an experience for visitors through walks through the streets, squares and parks. It will also become an example of good practice that can be applied in other smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border.  The City of Jastrebarsko from Croatia and the Municipality of Črnomelj from Slovenia, in cooperation with project partners the Tourist Board of the City of Jastrebarsko, Development Information Center Bela krajina, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Libertas International University and other associated partners, are implementing the project “Heritage of Jaska and Črnomelj be ‘cool’. For everything.”  The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) within the Interreg VA Slovenia – Croatia 2014-2020 Cooperation Program.  The tourist tour for the area of ​​the town of Jastrebarsko will include 13 cultural attractions: the chapel of St. Duha, Jastrebarsko City Museum and Gallery, Statue of the Family on JJ Strossmayer Square, monument to the Starčević family house, monument to Vladko Maček, Napoleon’s Hospital (Šubar House), Erdödy Castle Park, Žitnica, Ljube Kraljević Bridge, cooperative collection of the Golub family and the Franciscan Church Sv. Marija, Monument to the victims of all wars, historical graves in the city cemetery, the church of Sv. Nicholas and graphite Erdödy. On the other side of the border, the Municipality of Črnomelj has been declared a cultural monument of local significance with a total of 20 registered heritage sites, so this partnership is important for creating a unique concept of cross-border tourist product based on the potential of untapped cultural heritage. center_img Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj are the first of about 50 smaller towns along the Slovenian-Croatian border that have decided to build their recognizability and develop a joint cross-border tourist product that will be adapted for people with physical disabilities through the revitalization of historic centers and tourism development.  After the completion of the project, the number of visits to cultural heritage attractions in Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj is expected to increase by at least 3,5 times compared to the starting points of the number of visits in 2016.  As pointed out by the city of Jastrebarko, all these activities will be accompanied by strong communication support that will include public events, a special website, texts and articles on social networks, exhibitions, tourist maps, promotional campaign for various target groups and advertising campaign and media support. . The key promotional tool will be a mobile application that will actively involve visitors in experiencing cities and guide them in an instructive and interactive way along the route of culture using GPS, virtual reality technology and interactive maps, learn about history through educational games for children and reward credit points. . In addition to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj, the mobile application and digital card will technologically and content-wise enable direct involvement in the project of other cities along the Slovenian-Croatian border. In parallel with the digital experience, attention will be paid to personal contact between visitors and hosts, so specialist training of guides and interpreters is planned.  “This project is a continuation of the successful cooperation between Črnomelj, Jaska and our partners, and I believe that we will successfully implement it as well as our first joint project” Awakened Cultural Heritage “from 2011. Jaska has something to show, and with this approach in a new way we will raise the quality of our cultural and tourist offer not only of our city, but also of the entire border area of ​​Croatia and Slovenia. Much greater value than the money we are withdrawing from this project is the strengthening of cooperation between partners on both sides of the border, because borders are the lines on the map, and coexistence and good neighborly relations on both sides have existed in this area for centuries. We need to strengthen this cooperation, and projects like this are the best stake in that”, Said Zvonimir Novosel, the mayor of Jastrebarsko. Specifically, it is about 9.000 new visitors who will be motivated to come to Jastrebarsko and Črnomelj through this project, which, in addition to the current numbers, the total target attendance will be over 12.000 visitors. In addition to independent walking and walking with the help of a special mobile application that will be developed as part of the project, it will be possible to walk with specially trained guides.  The total value of the project is EUR 1.316.243,02, of which the approved ERDF funds amount to EUR 1.118.806,54 (85%), while the own funds invested by the project partners amount to EUR 197.436,48 (15%). The project implementation period lasts from 1 July 2018 to 31 January 2020, ie 30 months.last_img read more

Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil

first_imgArsenal head coach Mikel Arteta reveals his plan for ‘massive player’ Mesut Ozil Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 5:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Mikel Arteta insists Mesut Ozil can be a ‘massive player’ for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)New Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says it’s his responsibility to get the best out of Mesut Ozil, a player he believes can be ‘massive’ for the football club.Arteta’s predecessor, Unai Emery, was less than impressed with Ozil’s work-rate and performance level in training throughout his 18-month stay in north London and the German found himself exiled from the first-team.Ozil is yet to score and has only registered one assist in the Premier League this season and recent reports have suggested that the playmaker could be set for a move to Fenerbahce this January.Arteta was in Manchester City’s dugout at the Emirates last weekend and witnessed first hand Ozil’s strop after being substituted in the second half of Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Everton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 15:44FullscreenEverton v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta first press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/everton-v-arsenal-mikel-arteta-press-conference-2074552/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.However, Arteta knows how influential Ozil can be when he ‘ticks’ from the time they shared as team-mates at Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s a massive player for this football club. What I want is I want to understand how they’re feeling and what they need,’ Arteta said at his opening press conference as Arsenal boss.‘You have to understand them because sometimes with conversations you get to understand a point.‘When you understand them I can take the excuses out of them and focus on the things that are relevant and have an impact for the team on the pitch and off the pitch.‘Of course he’s a massive player. I worked with him and I know when he ticks what he can bring to the team. My job is to get the best out of him, of course.’ Ozil has been heavily linked with Fenerbahce in recent days (Picture: Getty)Many have questioned Arteta’s appointment at Arsenal due to the Spaniard’s lack of experience in top-level management, but he insists he would not have taken the job if he did not feel he was ‘ready’ for such a big job.‘If I wouldn’t feel ready and prepared for this I wouldn’t be sitting in this chair,’ he added.‘The first priority is to change the energy. Last week I was here with Manchester City and I felt a little bit down.‘I want to get everybody in the club with the same mindset. We have to build a culture that sustains the rest.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘My job is to convince everybody that this is how we’re going to live. If you’re going to be part of this organisation it’s going to be this way.‘We need the fans. We need to engage them, to transmit our behaviour and intention. That’s the only way they’ll give us a little bit and we’ll feel that connection.‘When you’re outside this football club you look at it and think wow, this is massive.’MORE: Charlie Nicholas wanted Brendan Rodgers as Arsenal manager but praises ‘second-choice’ Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlist

first_imgThe Spanish coach has hinted that a loan for a defender could be on the agenda (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has denied reports linking Arsenal with a move for John Stones but has hinted that injuries at centre-back could ‘modify’ the club’s transfer plans and he has a wishlist in mind.The Gunners are believed to be keen to bring in a left-sided central defender on a short-term deal after Calum Chambers picked up an injury against Bournemouth, while Shkodran Mustafi is available to leave the club if a suitable offer is received.Arteta knows Stones well from their time together at Manchester City, but the Arsenal boss is not plotting a reunion despite being open to strengthening his back-line. Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jan 2020 3:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Chambers’ injury leaves Arsenal a little short in defence (Picture: Getty)When it was put to him that he could fix those issues by raiding the transfer market, Arteta replied: ‘Yeah but it has to be the right player in the right context, that financially we can compete and we can attract, and all these factors to put them together is not easy in this market.’Pressed on whether he has a transfer wishlist of targets, he added smiling: ‘I have yes. You need to have one always just in case!’MORE: Arsenal make approach to sign Dries Mertens from NapoliMORE: Arsenal to pursue maximum two loan signings in January as Mikel Arteta is happy with squadMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Stones will not be moving to Arsenal despite Arteta being a big fan (Picture: Getty)Asked for an update on any transfer business Arsenal are hoping to conduct this month, Arteta said at his pre-match press conference on Wednesday: ‘Bad news for you guys I have nothing to say yet.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTProbed specifically on Stones, Arteta said there was ‘no truth at all’ in the speculation while he also denied any interest in AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie.On Stones he added: ‘John is a player that I really like and I followed. We signed him when I was at Manchester City and I worked with him for many years and know him well.‘When I look at centre-backs he has many attributes that I like from one, but we’re not interested.’Asked if Arsenal are looking short at the back – and whether they would address that in the January window – Arteta continued: ‘Yeah we have a lot of injuries at the back. The fact as well that Calum got the big injury. Obviously that is modifying our plans.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s what we have, it’s the situation, this can happen. Between December and January it’s very common. We have to live with it, this is what we have.‘We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I’m sure we will. They will try their best and I will try to select the ones that are in my opinion the best fit for the game.’center_img Advertisement Advertisement Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlistlast_img read more

HMRC may rethink ‘narrow’ interpretation of pensions VAT ruling

first_imgATP argued it should not have to charge VAT on its services provided to defined contribution (DC) schemes clients, as these schemes are special investment vehicles, with the ECJ agreeing.Both rulings had implications for UK sponsors, DB schemes and DC schemes with regard to VAT treatment for both investment and adminstration costs.However, HMRC did not mimic the PPG ruling regarding scheme sponsors and instead changed its guidance, potentially increasing the tax bill for some sponsors. In an update to schemes, the tax office has now said it will issue updated guidance regarding its interpretation of the ATP victory, and also the PPG case.A reassessment of its initial stance could result in scheme sponsors facing a reduction in the tax bill stemming from its DB scheme.A statement from HMRC said the body held extensive discussions with industry representatives regarding its policy on the PPG case.“In addition to this, the ECJ has issued its decision in ATP,” it said. “HMRC is now further reviewing the VAT treatment of pension scheme administration and fund management services to take account of both the PPG and ATP decisions and to consider whether to make any changes to the guidance.”A spokesman for HMRC said the body could not currently say whether the review would result in a more positive stance for sponsors.However, David Wilson, associate director for VAT at accountancy firm Baker Tilly, said the feedback HMRC received on its interpretation of the PPG ruling was that it was overly restrictive, and not following the spirit of the case.“[HMRC] may be taking a step back and thinking about what it needs to do,” he said.“This was followed by the ATP ruling, and it is just going to have to look at the whole scenario about how it impacts pension funds and how these funds are set up in the UK.“I would assume the industry would have been back to HMRC and questioned the differences between VAT law in the European Union and HMRC.”The recent changes to the DC landscape, outside of any VAT case in Europe, will have significant implications for direct tax on DC savers, and thus government revenue, he added. “It will have to re-think its positions as a result of the ATP judgment,” he said.“Hopefully, we will have some joined-up thinking for how it approaches DC schemes and auto-enrolment going forward and get one desk talking to another.” The UK tax office, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), could offer scheme sponsors a VAT lifeline, as updated guidance on its interpretations of recent European rulings will be issued later this year.The move from HMRC comes after recent victories for two separate entities against their own domestic tax departments regarding the charging of VAT on pension scheme services.In the Netherlands, PPG, an employer, won its case in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) against the Dutch tax authority over whether the investment management fees it pays on behalf of its defined benefit (DB) schemes should be tax exempt.A ruling regarding Danish pensions services provider ATP, on behalf of its client PensionDanmark, followed this.last_img read more

William T. Neal, Jr.

first_imgIt is with a heavy heart and tear-filled eyes that we post that William (Bill) T. Neal, Jr., 64, passed away on September 5, 2016.  His family was by his side, at his home, when he peacefully drifted off to be with the Lord. Bill was born on September 10, 1951 in Batesville, Indiana to the late William T. and Opal (Robertson) Neal, Sr.  He graduated from Jac-Cen-Del Jr.-Sr. High School in 1969 and married his high school sweetheart, Lila (Coyle) Neal on February 6, 1970 at Mud Pike Baptist Church outside of Osgood, Indiana.  Together, they attended Purdue University where he received a degree in Animal Science in 1973.  Upon graduation, the couple returned to and would remain in Osgood, Indiana.Bill embodied a true entrepreneurial spirit.  He was a hard worker who strived for perfection; as a result, he accomplished much success during his career.  He opened his first business in 1973, Heritage Homes, a mobile home retail company.  In 1978, he went to work for Versailles Motors while obtaining his real estate license.  In 1979, he took a broker position with Meisberger & Associates and while there received top sales honors.  Bill then started Heritage Realty and Construction Company in 1983. He spent the next nine years of his life selling homes and developing sub-divisions throughout southeastern Indiana.  During this period of time, he was among one of the top national associates for Unibilt Homes. In 1987, he and his wife bought the funeral home in Osgood.  Although Lila has run the business, Bill helped her out daily throughout the years. By 1992, he decided to close the construction company and turn his lifelong passion for collectible firearms into a business with the opening of Willy’s Pawn & Gun Shop. He then became an active member of the Indiana Pawnbrokers, Colt Collectors, Winchester Arms, Ohio Gun Collectors and National Rifle Associations.  He spent these years going to work every day with a smile and was honored to be named Ripley County’s Business Person of the Year in 1998. His hard work and dedication paid off, given in 2002, he was able to semi-retire. He then spent the rest of his days traveling the country buying and selling private antique gun collections.  Through this endeavor, he met a variety of interesting clients, who became some of his dearest friends who traveled from far and wide to spend time with him during his final days.From a civic stand-point, Bill felt he had been blessed to have lived in such an amazing community.  Throughout his lifetime, he tried to give back by serving on various philanthropic boards and organizations.  He was a leader of Boy Scout Troup 638 from 1973 to 1978 and chaired the committee for years after.  He was a lifetime member and past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the United Methodist Church; past president of the Osgood Development Foundation; three time president of the Osgood Civic Club; and 15 year member and past president of the Ripley County Parks & Recreation Board.  Other groups in which Bill was honored to serve included the Osgood Masonic Lodge 603, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis, Southeastern Indiana Shrine Club, Indianapolis Murat Shrine, and the Sons of the American Legion.Aside from his work and civic duties, Bill had a vast array of hobbies.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  Following a 30 year tradition, he was able to travel to Michigan this past Fourth of July for one last family fishing trip.  He believed in land conservation as he partnered with the USDA and DNR on various soil and wetland conservation projects.  In addition, he was a lifelong member of Ducks Unlimited and contributed to a number of wildlife preservation efforts.  He loved his farm, as he spent several years crop farming and raising purebred cattle.  He, his wife, and their children were actively involved in 4-H and the Indiana and National Polled Hereford Associations where they traveled the country exhibiting and showing their cattle.  Luckily, he was able to see this passion reignite when his grandchildren entered the show ring after a 20 year hiatus.  He also enjoyed John Deere Gator rides through the woods with his two canine friends, Colt and Chester, cooking, and seeking out the best restaurants in the United States.  No matter where you were headed, Bill could tell you where to eat and what was the best item on the menu.However, the greatest testament to his life came from the admiration he had for and received from his family and friends.  Bill was a loyal person and a straightforward advisor.  Once in his circle, his love for you was unwavering.  He spent 46 plus years with the love of his life, with whom together, raised three children and spoiled five grandchildren, whom he totally adored.  He also deeply cared about everyone else in his extended family and cherished his friends.  Although his life was cut a bit shorter than what he would have preferred, he knew he had lived a good one and had been blessed.  He believed in God and was content to know his legacy would live on through his family and friends.Bill is survived by his wife, Lila (Coyle) Neal; daughter, Shannon (Jeff) McLeod (Greensburg); son, Travis (Toya) Neal (Osgood); son, Frederick (Alesha) Neal (Osgood); five grandchildren, Molly and Mason McLeod; Will and Aubrey Neal; and Olivia Neal; his step-mother Betty Neal (Osgood); sister Beth (Neal) Baylor (Lawrenceburg); and brother Scott Neal (Osgood).Visitation will be held at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, September 9, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. His funeral will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Osgood United Methodist Church at 9:00 a.m.  Entombment will immediately follow at the Mud Pike Cemetery near Osgood, Indiana.  Memorials can be made to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital or the Cincinnati Children’s Shrine Hospital. Arrangements were made by Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood, Indiana. www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

Europa League: Man United, Inter reach Europa League last eight

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterOnly The Chosen Ones Can Appear On-Screen Even After Their DeathWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best Car Manufacturers In The World Andres Andrade hit the crossbar with a powerful header after 10 minutes at an almost empty Old Trafford before Peter Michorl fired wide just after the quarter of an hour mark. The Linz-based outfit had to wait until the second half to break the deadlock as defender Philipp Wiesinger rifled into the top corner from outside the box after 55 minutes. Their celebrations were shortlived as Jesse Lingard equalised on the counter attack for United three minutes later. Loading… Anthony Martial claimed the match-winner with two minutes to go despite LASK goalkpeer Alexander Schlager getting a foot to the France striker’s shot. Inter’s meeting with the La Liga side was played over just one leg in Gelsenkirchen to save time ahead of next week’s last eight to be held in Germany. They advanced to the next round as Romelu Lukaku became the club’s first player to score in five straight European appearances since Brazilian striker Adriano in 2004. Lukaku slotted home after Alessandro Bastoni’s long ball after 33 minutes. The Spaniards were given a chance to take the game to penalties with 25 minutes remaining as VAR said Diego Godin had handballed in his own box but veteran cente-forward Jorge Molina missed the resulting penalty. Christian Eriksen made sure of Inter’s spot after 84 minutes with his first touch after Dakonam Djene made a mess of a clearance inside his own area. Former Manchester United forward Romelu Lukaku scored his 30th goal of the season in Inter Milan’s win Read Also: Chelsea may incur £84m deficit after off-loading ten-name stars Elsewhere, 2009 champions Shakhtar Donetsk booked a last eight spot against Basel or Eintracht Frankfurt after three goals within the closing four minutes clinched a 3-0 win over Wolfsburg. On Thursday Rangers head to Leverkusen, Wolves host Olympiakos, and Sevilla face Roma in Duisburg. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United edged LASK 2-1 and Inter Milan beat Getafe 2-0 on Wednesday night in rescheduled ties due to the coronavirus pandemic to clinch places in the quarter finals of the Europa League. United had a 5-0 lead from their first leg played in March and will face Copenhagen who enjoyed a 3-0 victory on the night over Istanbul Basaksehir. Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan will face either Steven Gerrard’s Rangers or Bayer Leverkusen with the Germans holding a 3-1 lead going into Thursday’s match. Despite United’s comfortable lead from March 12’s first leg the visitors caused problems early on.last_img read more